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This ASUS-powered custom PC based around Far Cry Primal looks insane!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 10, 2016 11:08 pm

With the release of Far Cry Primal around the corner, Oz Modz custom PC builder Stephen Hoad had created a beautiful custom gaming PC in the theme of Ubisoft's upcoming first-person shooter.



The PC rocks an ASUS T.U.F. Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 motherboard, backed up by 2 x ASUS Strix NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970s in SLI. CPU wise, Stephen used an Intel Core i7-6700K, backed up by 16GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 RAM. The Corsair RM 850i PSU was used, with 2 x 240GB Kingston Hyper-X Savage SSDs backed up by a 2TB Western Digital Black HDD handling storage. The full list of gear inside of the system, we have below:


  • Thermaltake Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis.
  • ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7 6700K
  • 2 x ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix
  • Corsair RM 850i
  • Corsair Vengeance DDR4 4x4GB
  • 1 Western Digital 2tb Black HD
  • 2 x 240 GB Kingston Hyper X Savage SSD's
  • 6 x Thermaltake Ring 120mm RGB
  • 2 x Standard case fans
  • EK Water Blocks for video cards and CPU.
  • 2 x EK CoolStream XE 360 Triple Radiator
  • 1 x EK D5 Combo
  • EK Fittings
  • EK Tubing
  • ModGuru cable extensions

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DARPA developing a brain-computer interface system to trump them all

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 20, 2016 9:04 pm

Current brain-computer interface systems are extremely limited in their capability, so DARPA is looking to blow them wide open. The plan with its recently launched Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program is to create a tiny implant that provides "unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world." Specifically, it aims to talks clearly and individually with each of up to one million neurons in a given part of the brain.




With the implant, hearing and sight disabilities could be compensated for though other applications are of course possible (coughcyborgswithlasereyescough).

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$9 'CHIP' computer features 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, HDMI

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 16, 2016 1:00 am

First there was the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero computer, then the $15 PINE A64, and now we have the $9 CHIP.




CHIP (Computer Hardware in Products), is open source and houses a 1 GHz R8 ARM processor, 512MB RAM, and 4GB storage. Features-wise, it includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and supports composite, VGA, and HDMI outputs, so you can connect it to your desktop or laptop display or even TV. As for OS, it runs on Linux (Debian) and is capable of running apps and games (tons come pre-installed, including the Chromium browser). Peripherals work just fine, too.

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Corsair's Bulldog, the living room PC of your dreams is coming soon

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 8:22 pm

CES 2016 - The small-form factor PC is making waves in the industry in a very big way. Living room gaming is already a great convenience that console gamers have enjoyed, and now the PC is slowing moving that direction as well. Corsair has a a solution that can be both pre-built, and customized, that has it's own cooler and SFX power supply so you can potentially have the best living room experience. Titan X not included.




The Bulldog was announced in June, though development of the case has continued as they prepare to actually launch it. The surprisingly roomy case didn't quite ship when they wanted it to, which was over this past holiday season, but they've had time to refine the inside, moving screws around and making it an overall easier and more accessible case to work inside of.


But just like what was announced, this is built from the ground up to support both water-cooled CPU's (up to 150W), using their own SFF solution that comes with the case, and water-cooled GPU's if you get their GPU adapter or one of the hybrid cooled cards from MSI. Thankfully the power supply, an 80 Plus Gold certified 600W unit, can handle nearly any single card, even gual-GPU single cards. It's a uniquely shaped system that might not have the Wife Acceptance Factor, but it does fit into a lot of modern decor. In person it's rather stunning to look at.

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Hands-on with AORUS at CES 2016

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 11, 2016 3:54 am

CES 2016 - You had better watch out for media! We were invited to a secret backroom at CES 2016 where a separate subdivision of GIGABYTE's notebook business unit gave us a tour of their latest technology. Although AORUS is still in its infancy, they have made huge waves through the gaming notebook community in the past year.




Backed by one of the largest manufacturers of motherboards, VGAs, and notebooks, AORUS takes the experience of a large technology corporation and freedom of a separate division to push out some of the best gaming notebook offerings.


Their focus is to design and produce the best gaming notebooks on the market, and we saw nothing mediocre. Every AORUS notebook we saw had a dedicated NVIDIA GPU (or more), and many of the technologies they offered were unique and on the bleeding edge of VR and gaming.

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Lenovo's IdeaCentre 610S is a projector PC, with a GeForce GTX 750 Ti

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 10, 2016 5:35 am

CES 2016 - Lenovo seems to be enjoying its unleashing of interesting devices at CES this year, with the new IdeaCentre 610S being no different. It is pretty much a projector PC, which is just awesomely unique.



The IdeaCentre 610S is a super unique design, where inside it features an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 2TB HDD (or a 128GB SSD), and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti. The unique part is the projector, which is capable of driving a 110-inch screen onto your wall.


The projector on-the-go is super-small, at just 2.2L, with 4 x USB 3.0 on the back, HDMI, and an Ethernet port to top it all off. As for price, we're looking at $850, with availability in June.

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Alienware offers VR Ready PC and Oculus Rift for $1600

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 9, 2016 6:47 am

CES 2016 - Alienware has announced a new promo aimed at new VR adopters that discounts the price of an Oculus Certified PC when purchased alongside an Oculus Rift headset.




With the Oculus Rift opening up pre-orders at $599, key hardware titans are piecing together VR-compatible builds to prepare for the oncoming storm of virtual reality. Dell's Alienware line has joined the VR Ready program by announcing the $1200 Alienware X51 R3 Gaming Desktop, which sports the minimum specs required to power the Rift. The Alienware X51 comes with an Intel i5-6400 Skylake CPU, 8GB of onboard DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133MHz, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (model unspecified, probably stock), and a 1TB hard drive. No keyboard, mouse or monitor is included.


$1200 seems like a lot, especially for a PC that only sports the bare minimum specs. Alienware will actually lower the X51 R3's price down to $1000 if you pre-order the Oculus Rift along with the PC...but of course that brings the grand total of your bill to $1600 plus tax. Apart from the discount, one of the major benefits in going this route is that you automatically get skipped to the front of the Oculus Rift pre-order line and are guaranteed to receive your headset when the first batch is released.ds don't have to be expensive if you look in the right place.

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GIGABYTE throws Intel Skylake into its BRIX mini PC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 10:22 am

CES 2016 - The tiny GIGABYTE BRIX computer systems just got beefier, with the trade show in Las Vegas bringing around an announcement that this tech giant will be throwing Intel Skylake processors into new models, including i3, i5 and i7 chips.




Coupled with Intel HD Graphics 520, the BRIX will further offer support for a 2.5" SSDs or HDDs, while also offering M.2 compatibility. USB 3.0 ports are now standard with HDMI and DisplayPort being thrown in, giving the BRIX the ability to send signal to three displays in total. Wrapping up the feature list is Intel Thunderbolt 3 support, found on the new GB-BSi7T-6500 and GB-BSi5T-6200 models only, meaning that the BRIX will be capable of Power Delivery 2.0 for fast charging and can daisy-chain up to 6 devices in total.


While this sounds quite promising, issued press release didn't mention any availability or pricing information.

MSI's all-in-one gaming PC has an upgradeable, external GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 1:47 am

CES 2016 - MSI wasn't shy when it came to gaming PCs at the Consumer Electronics Show, teasing its new all-in-one gaming PC, the Gaming 27XT.




MSI's new Gaming 27XT features a 27-inch display, with the usual trimmings inside - but its the back of the AIO gaming PC that has piqued our interest. Where Origin PC made a beautiful 34-inch 3440x1440 AIO gaming PC with a built-in NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X - it's not upgradeable, but the MSI Gaming 27XT is.


The GPU is found on the back of the AIO gaming PC is housed separately, and mounted on the back of the display. It's upgradeable, which is going to go along way if you decide on pulling the trigger on an AIO gaming PC.

Intel supercharges new Compute Sticks with M3, M5 processors

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 6, 2016 10:46 pm

CES 2016 - Intel has refreshed its portable Compute Stick with three different configurations that put the original to shame.




Intel's Compute Stick is an amazing idea on paper. I mean, who wouldn't want to turn any given HDTV or monitor into a fully-fledged desktop workstations? Intel's first iterations of the PC-in-your-pocket hardware was anything but practical, however: it was slow at performing tasks and didn't live up to its claims, making it more of a starting point than an actual finished product.


Now Intel is back again with its new trio of Compute Sticks, each of which tremendously outshine the "beta" variant. Thanks to additions like two USB ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the chip-maker's new line of HDMI PC sticks completely blows away the original. Intel has even managed to shove in its new high-performance M3 and M5 CPUs into the top-tier variants.

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